The Voyages of s/v Silverheels III

...a virtual ship's logbook, and some thoughtful (unabashed?) reflections on our sea-going experiences.

04 November 2017 | Somewhere in the Eastern Caribbean
18 October 2017 | Le Marin, Martinique in the French West Indies
25 January 2017 | Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | Le Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | Le Gosier, Guadeloupe
19 January 2017 | St Pierre, Martinique
06 January 2017
01 January 2017 | Fort Du France, Martinique
28 December 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlet, Martinique
24 December 2016
14 November 2016 | St Anne, Martinique
06 October 2016 | St Anne, Martinique
04 October 2016
20 July 2016 | Rodney Bay, St Lucia
15 June 2016
15 June 2016
13 June 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlets
13 June 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlets
09 May 2016 | Deshaies, Guadeloupe

Not much of Anything

28 December 2016 | Grand Anse d'Arlet, Martinique
We survived working the finish line of the ARC. My follow up with the opthamologist went well (what do you mean "no heavy lifting?") and we got away from St Lucia again.

We are now in Grand Anse d'Arlet, arguably one of our favourite anchorages. The swimming and snorkelling here is excellent, without much fear of getting run down by boats, and we can generally get what we need. We have rented a car once to stock up pre-Christmas. The running isn't exciting for me, but I have some options to mix it up, with weather being a contributing factor. And I have been working on more swimming. We save a bunch on gas as we row the dinghy ashore here; this is a bonus as getting fuel requires a car.

The weather wasn't amenable to getting to Dominica for Christmas. We might be accused of being wimps, but we have no interest in beating ourselves up to get somewhere.

We had considered getting up to Dominica for this weekend, but the other morning I discovered a small problem. There is something going on with the control panel of the diesel. I noticed in the half light of the rising sun that the engine lights were on...When the power switch was in the "off" position. Crap. This needs to be dealt with, and Ken has been diligently going over the wiring specs and other info to ascertain if he needs to change the switch or something else. So far, we don't know. We can turn off the power to the diesel at the battery switch, so really, it isn't a massive problem, but I feel better dealing with it here where we can get anything we might need. Ken feels confident that he has everything he needs for the repair. We still aren't leaving until this is rectified.

We might go around to Fort De France for New Year's, or not. At some point we probably could use a decent shop again, and that means take the boat around, or rent a car. We will see how "lazy" we feel.

Christmas dinner had us have visitors on the boat. Wendy, and her adult kids, Peter and Anna, limed with us on the boat, with traditional Christmas ham and christophene au gratin. They are Americans who escaped the cold for a week.

So, in the meantime, we are swimming, snorkelling, I'm running and finding other ways to workout, and we are enjoying just being.

Oh, and we have a castaway. "Speedy" was first seen on the boat in St Lucia, and made a reappearance last week. We have our own little lizard onboard. He's the feature creature in the picture. He's about as long as my pinky, head to tail. He is not a fan of spinach.

So, yeah, not much of anything.
Vessel Name: Silverheels III
Vessel Make/Model: Hinterhoeller, Niagara 35 Mk1 (1979)
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Lynn Kaak and Ken Goodings
About: After five summers and winters living on our boat in Toronto Harbour, we've exchanged those cold Canadian winters for Caribbean sunshine. "Nowadays, we have ice in our drinks, not under the boat."
Silverheels III's Photos - Silverheels III (Main)
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Looking for the next bouy enroute
Our whole life in 35 feet
Our peaceful lagoon in summer
Toronto skyline from Algonquin Island
QCYC Marine Railway: Lynn "workin
Lynn carefully heat-shrinks our winter cover with a propane torch
Jes loafin
Ken on deck
Island Christmas Party December 2007
Silverheels III at anchor, Humber Bay West
Niagara 35 Mk1
General pics of hikes in Grenada
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Created 18 August 2013
Some pictures of our time in Grenada
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Created 15 September 2010